Gaspard Ulliel is a French television, movie, and theater actor known for his roles in Peter Webber’s, Hannibal Rising, and the Bertrand Bonello-directed biopic,
. Ulliel is also the public face of the fashion label Chanel’s cologne, Bleu de Chanel.
Gaspard was born to parents, Serge and Christine Ulliel, in Boulogne-Billancourt in France. Gaspard’s father was a stylist, and his mother was a runway show producer. Ulliel pursued his education at the Lycee High School, and later on, he studied cinema at the University of Saint-Denis, Paris. Ulliel started his career when he was just twelve years old, featuring in the French television film, “Une femme en blanc”. In the late 90s, Ulliel was seen as Oliver Rousseau in “Mission Protection Rapprochee”, as Joel in Pierre Badel’s “Bonnes Vacances”, in the Christian Francois-directed, “La Refuge”, in Jerome Foulon’s TV movie, “Juliette”, and the Marina De Van-directed, ‘
’. In 2001, Ulliel was casted in the Christophe Gans-directed historical action film, Brotherhood of the Wolf, which also starred Samuel Le Bihan,
, , and Jeremie Renier, among many others. In 2002, Ulliel featured in Michael Blanc’s romantic comedy, Summer Things. For his role in the movie, Ulliel was presented with a Lumiere Award and a Cesar Award for the Most Promising Actor. The following year saw Ulliel pocket various newcomer laurels for his acting in the Andre Techine-directed drama film, ‘Strayed’. 2003 saw Ulliel in a lead role in the
starrer, A Very Long Engagement, which garnered him a Cesar Award for the Most Promising Actor. 2006 saw Ulliel feature in Emmanuel Benbihy’s anthology film, Paris Je t’aime, and the Laurent Boutonnat’s historical drama, Jacquou le Croquant. The year of 2007 saw Ulliel pocket his first English movie when he played the role of a young serial killer, Hannibal Lecter, in the Peter Webber-directed, Hannibal Rising. However, it was in 2014 that Ulliel was lauded for portraying the French fashion designer,
Yves Saint Laurent
, in Bertrand Bonello’s biographical drama, Saint Laurent. Ulliel has also featured in movies such as Rithy Pan’s 2008 film, The Sea Wall, the Laurent Tuel-directed “Ultimate Heist,” and Emmanuel Mouret’s comedy, The Art of Love.
Besides, Ulliel has also acted in stage plays such as the Michael Fau-directed, Entertaining Mr. Sloan, and Marcial Di Fonzo Bo’s, ‘Demons’. Ulliel has also featured in various magazines such as the French Vogue and Elle. Ulliel is also dating the French model, Gaelle Pietri, and is expecting a child with her.